BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A routine night of patrolling turned dangerous for a BRPD officer after four men were seen popping wheelies on their dirt bikes.
It all started around 7:40 p.m. on Monday, June 20 near Prescott Rd. and Airline Hwy.
The affidavit states that the riders were doing the wheelies in front of traffic.
The officer attempted to make a traffic stop in the northbound lanes of Airline Hwy.
None of the dirt bikes stopped and one of the riders subsequently led officers on a “lengthy pursuit.”
That dirt bike rider was later identified as Carl Pindexter, 22, of Baton Rouge.
Pindexter was allegedly speeding during the pursuit which included multiple trips down wrong lanes of travel.
The Baton Rouge man is accused of driving into oncoming traffic and maneuvering between vehicles.
The pursuit included stints on Airline Hwy, Prescott Rd. and N. Foster Dr.
Pindexter allegedly ran multiple red lights while being pursued by officers and a BRPD Air Support Unit (AIR1).
Carl Pindexter was able to get away from officers and AIR1.
Fast-forward one week and the ensuing investigation led BRPD to a place where several ATV’s were located near Saguaro Ave.
While investigating in the area, BRPD spotted Pindexter and arrested the Baton Rouge man.
The 22-year-old was “found to be in possession of marijuana, located in a bag in his left pants pocket,” according to the affidavit.
When questioned, Pindexter denied taking part in the dirt bike chase.
Pindexter was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Reckless Operation of an Offroad Vehicle and Possession of Marijuana.